The Wolfman ~ This 2010 remake of the Universal classic has so much going for it – a script by Andrew Kevin Walker, a novelization by Jonathan Maberry, and a phenomenal score by Danny Elfman that features an almost Jaws-like opening. I was surprised and liked it however, it didn’t knock my socks off.
Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins are at best adequate in subtly over the top roles that require their level of talent to pull off and yet neither steps up to the plate. Rick Baker’s make-up effects are stunning, and they should be – the original flick is what made him want to do make-up in the first place. He’s come full circle.
Speaking of the original, this is a fairly tight remake. The Walker script has lots of nods and winks here. I especially like the reference to the actual French werewolf murders at Gevaudan, and the brief glimpse of topiary animals a la Stephen King’s book “The Shining.” And the asylum scenes are very brutal.
This remake is very moody, very atmospheric, and unfortunately very dark. A light here or there wouldn’t hurt, folks. You have the care going with everything else, you don’t need the dark to help you – especially when it hinders the visuals. And as far as visuals go, the climax is quite impressive. Check it out.